April 2018 Meeting – Save the Night: Life on Earth Depends on Natural Darkness

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Meeting will be: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 6:30 pm


Almost every living thing on our planet uses the cycle of light and dark to trigger life processes. Humans have come to depend on artificial light for nighttime activities. So, how does artificial light at night affect fauna, flora, and even humans? This presentation is a peek into our natural world after dark and the effect that artificial light has on it. Come learn about how artificial lighting affects life, and outdoor lighting practices that let us have the light we need while saving energy, reducing glare, and limiting negative consequences on the environment. Participants will receive a handout with drawings of recommended light fixtures. After the presentation, the facilitator will lead a short night hike to observe the light at night in your area.

About the Speakers

Cindy Luongo Cassidy is the leader of the Texas Section of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA Texas), a member of the Hays County Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist, and the owner of Green Earth Lighting, which specializes in consultation services to reduce light pollution.  As such, she was a key player in positioning the City of Dripping Springs to receive the prestigious International Dark Sky Community designation. Cassidy lives in Driftwood, Texas and volunteers to lead the hugely successful Texas Night Sky Festival®.

Dr. Karen McGraw is a member of the Hays County Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist, a member of the Texas Section of the International Dark Skies Association, and a native gardener and herbalist.  Karen volunteers with the Texas Night Sky Festival® and is a Colorado River Watch Water Quality Monitor. She facilitates naturalist workshops on topics such as dark skies and creating Monarch way-stations. She lives outside of Austin, Texas.


The April 2018 Chapter meeting:

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018

6:30 Meet and eat
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Featured Presentation
8:45 Adjournment

The meeting place for March is:

Meadows Conference Center
Oak Corner Conference Room
2900 Live Oak Street
Dallas, TX 75204

As always all of our meetings are free and open to the public.

Hope to see YOU there!

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